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The Archdiocese of San Francisco will welcome 1,000 newcomers to the Catholic faith at the Easter Vigil on April 4, and 900 of them gathered with their sponsors and other supporters from 52 parishes and with Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone at St. Mary’s Cathedral to ...


Pope Francis has appointed San Francisco Auxiliary Bishop Robert W. McElroy, 61, to head the Diocese of San Diego, filling a see left unexpectedly vacant with the death of its ordinary in September.

Ghana-born orphan Thomas Awaipo wasn’t looking for an education when he got up each morning and walked five miles to school in the African heat; he was looking for something to eat.


Chippy the retired racehorse spent the last of his 30 years cherished by students at St. Matthew School in San Mateo.

Irish-American Crossroads, a cultural nonprofit that aims to share the Irish experience in the Americas, wants to bring the contributions of Irish San Franciscans to life with a project called the Irish Oral History Archive.

Saying “I do” at the altar was the last word on the sacrament of marriage for Greg and Julie Alexander – until painful, humbling experience taught them the real meaning of sacrificial love in a marital union.

Sister Maria Pia Backes was an unlikely foundress, yet her pioneering spirit as a 24-year-old New York Dominican in 1876 led her to San Francisco where she later established an international congregation – the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose.

Recent contract negotiations for San Francisco’s archdiocesan high schools have ignited a robust debate about Catholic teaching and its impact on society. The intense back and forth in the media underscores the tensions that exist between the church and American society ...

WASHINGTON – The faith and social justice considerations of immigration might be viewed theologically with an eye not just toward how migrants change “by being with us,” said Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Texas, but also “are we willing to ...

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, who died Feb. 26 at age 97, was known simply as “Father Ted” by Notre Dame students and was well known by U.S. presidents and other political ...

WASHINGTON – By listening to people’s suffering, joys and daily endeavors, Catholics bring the vision of the Second Vatican Council to the world, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, told an audience at The Catholic University of America.
VATICAN CITY – A homeless man who faithfully attended Mass at a church inside Vatican City for decades was buried in a Vatican cemetery after it was discovered he had died and was left unidentified in a hospital morgue.
EDMONTON, Alberta – Pope Francis is a radical reformer who is facing enemies – inside and outside of the church – opposed to at least some parts of his agenda, said a prominent church historian.

VATICAN CITY – The Lenten journey of conversion requires Christians to rediscover the “deepest truth” about themselves, cast off their masks and take on the courage to live truth, a prominent Carmelite priest told the pope and Vatican officials.






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